Dan grew up playing piano and clarinet in Moore, Oklahoma, and was fortunate to have several great music teachers early on who gave him a good start on jazz theory and appreciation of the greats. After high school, he decided to study Industrial Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma (BSIE 2004) but elected to play in the Jazz Band at OU every semester, as well as pursuing electives in commercial arranging and jazz improvisation, and playing gigs in any band of any style that would take him, as long as there was a decent rhythm section. Music helped Dan maintain his sanity during college, but the musical foundation laid during those years has continued to serve him well. Dan currently splits time between Oklahoma (where he works as an IT professional, as well as a sought-after sideman and session musician for pop, rock, folk, and country artists), and Seattle, where he plays with Easy Street and hangs out with his wife. He's excited to be playing jazz with a great group of musicians once again.